is the ancestral home of the Berntorff family. The Berntorff surname evolved as a local
name for a family that lived in Bavaria
. During the Middle Ages, when feudalism
, chivalry, and knighthood characterized Europe, heroic battles over power and prestige were fought between the noble families. In an age of rapidly changing political and religious alliances, the Berntorff family declared their loyalty to many different noblemen and princes who sought their support in the conflicts of the day. Consequently, the Berntorff family made a vital contribution to the ancient German traditions of military initiation, legality, and chivalry.
Early Origins of the Berntorff family
The surname Berntorff was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Berndorf made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe. The name Berndorf became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which resulted as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Berntorff family
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Berntorff Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Berntorff include Berndorf, Berndorff, Berndorfer, Berndorffer, Burndorf, Burndorff, Berndorphe, Berndorp, Berndorper, Berntorf, Berntorff, Berntorffer, Barndorf, Baerndorf, Barndorff, Baerndorff, Barndorffer, Baerndorffer, Barndorp, Baerndorp, Barndorper, Baerndorper, Barntorf, Baerntorf, Barntorff, Baerntorff, Barntorffer and many more.
Early Notables of the Berntorff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berntorff family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Berntorff or a variant listed above: C. W. Berndorff, who arrived in New York, NY in 1862.